Hardback with dust jacket in good condition

//Hardback with dust jacket in good condition
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  • A rich collection of the unlikely, the most celebrated and the funniest Aussie yarns, together with tall tales, legends and bush verse.
  • The story of Skipper Partridge.  In 1917 he was appointed to Oodnadatta as a patrol padre and went on his first patrol by camel.  He grew to love this mode of transportation as he went from station to station with is message of practical Christianity.  He later patrolled into the remote areas of the Northern Territory.  He had a spell of ministry in Scone, NSW before rejoining the Australian Inland Mission in the vast north-west, now using a car.  During the Depression and World War II he was active from Oodnadatta to Tennant Creek and was often accompanied by Flynn of the Inland.  Here is a first hand account of the early days of the inland, the true mateship between the settlers and those who ministered to them.  With many black and white photographs.
  • Berlin, 1939: Cathleen O'Dea has come from Hollywood to Germany to star in a film.  She also wants to trace her missing mother. Desperate for help in her search, she responds to the attentions of Josef Goebbels.  This is viewed with alarm and jealousy by Sean Carmody, the one time boy hero of a previous Cleary classic, The Sundowners. The other characters seen through Carmody's eyes are Admiral Canaris and his agony over an uncovered secret; a disillusioned English aristocrat, formerly a Hitler favourite; General von Albern as he plans to assassinate Hitler; and the General's don Helmut's romance with an English actress.
  • The star of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and so many more films tells of winning a scholarship to the Webber Douglas Academy where he met Penelope Keith and Samantha Eggar - also just starting out - and of meeting a young and irrepressible Michael Caine while performing in The Long and The Short and The Tall. Stamp and Caine are soon sharing a mews house as well as the same suit for auditions, and just as they are about to stretch the limits of even Caine's cunning rationing techniques, the great news comes:  Peter Ustinov wants Stamp to test for the role in his film Billy Budd.
  • The list of short stories included in this volume: Heubler; Life of the Party; The Drover's Wife; Zoellner's Definition; Portraits of Electricity; The Silence; The Dog Show; Paradise; Ore; Cul-de-Sac (uncompleted); The Partitions and A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z.
  • One year in the lives of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.  Their marriage was one of the great love stories of its day.  Their careers were in the ascendant; Olivier was rapidly becoming the leading actor of his generation and Vivien was soon to gain international fame as Scarlett O'Hara.  After World War II, the Oliviers ruled the stage.  In 1948 the Oliviers led an Old Vic company tour of the Antipodes.  This is where this book begis.  They were mobbed, feted and treated like royalty.  But the marriage was in trouble.  With the strain of several hundred stage appearances, Vivien's frail health gave way.  Olivier had several injuries necessitating operations.  And Vivien met and later fell in love with Peter Finch.  At the climax of the tour, Olivier was sacked from his job of leading the Old Vic.
  • A selection of short fantasy stories including: Daughter of Regals; Mythological Beast; The Lady in White; Animal Lover; Unworthy of the Angel; The Conqueror Worm; Ser Visal's Tale. Cover art by Peter Goodfellow.
  • More hilarious 'Doctor' antics. Gordon soon discovers that a busy gneral prctitioner needs a wife as much as he needs a stethoscope.  As his friend Tony tells him, "The patients donm't like you messing about with their wives unless they know you've got one of your own at home."  Gordon's only worry is that the right girl will turn up!  She does, he proposes, is accepted and soon comes to the conclusion that a couple who can survive preparations for their wedding day can pretty well overcome anything in their married life.
  • Very Australian humour, with an introduction by Nino Culotta.